The creation of this, their third album, has consumed the time - and patience - of the band for nearly two years. Unafraid to explore and expand beyond the typical Celtic repertoire, Lalla Rookh has tapped into roots as deep as old Ireland and as current as the Grateful Dead. Successfully weaving traditional songs with popular tunes has been a challenge as well as the most fun for the group. As well, mixing the modern sound of electric bass with acoustic violin and guitar adds to their unique sound and style. Add in the various influences of each musician from classical to funk and blues, and Celtic music may never be the same! Guitarist Charlie Gannon sets the acoustic sound of the band while Kay Williams and Paul Honeycutt carry the melodies and counter melodies for most of the tunes on violin and mandolin. Mary Whalen adds percussion with the traditional bodhran and sings most of the lead vocals while Jim Abraham drives each tune with the electric bass. All the members lend their voices at some point during this album.
Lalla Rookh continues to push the boundaries of the Celtic music â€˜labelâ€™. This is a seriously great album from a seasoned band that continues to find new horizons. Regardless of origin, the stories, legends and melodies seep into the players and listeners alike. As this album demonstrates, Lalla Rookh is happily destined to withstand the test of time.
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1. Stars for Leisbeth/Silver Spear/Toss the Feathers
2. John Barleycorn
3. O'Keefs/O'Gilligan/Morrison's Jig/Swallowtail Jig
4. Culloden's Harvest
5. Crested Hens/Wizard's Walk
6. New Rigged Ship/Full Rigged Ship
7. Friend of the Devil
8. Miss McLeods/Galway Hornpipe/Star of Munster
9. Ballad of Accounting
10. Morpeth Rant/The Butterfly/Flowers of Redhill
11. Devil Went Down to Dublin/Tuttle's Reel
12. Calliope House/Stan Chapman/Miller's Maggot